Saturday, September 30, 2006
Off the beaten path
I went on another photo walk. Took my time, taking pictures along the way. Very pleasant. Since I'm not up to jogging or even speed walking yet, I thought I might as well go on the narrow unpaved trails that are part of the greenway trails near my house. Some of them are pretty rough going and I knew I wouldn't be able to maneuver the whole trail but figured I might as well do what I could. It was fun. I always get this illusion of being in the moutains when I go on the rough trails along the creeks because there are a lot of hills andI get a sense of being in the mountain forests I love. Silly because these trails cut through subdivisions with a thin veil of trees between the greenway system and the neighborhoods. When I was a child we didn't have the elaborate greenways but the neighborhood I live in now was all forest back then. My neighborhood wasn't developed until 1968. I was born in 1957. One of the trails in my neighborhood winds through the woods beside the creeks and goes all the way to the neighborhood I grew up in which is quite a few miles from where I live now. When I was a child I used to play in the little park down the street from my house. It wasn't a play ground style park. Just a little strip of trees with a creek in the middle and a grassy field at either end. I would pretend that I was in an enchanted forest when I played in the park. To an extent I still do that when I get in the woods, particularly on the dirt paths where I'm shielded from any houses. I can leave my ordinary life behind. I used to think a wiked witch had turned me into a human being and that I would be rescued and return to the land of enchantment. It took me longer than most children to discard my fantasy life. It took me even longer to appreciate the here and now, the reality of my ordinary life. My ordinary life is pretty damn good in many ways. I think a new goal may involve balance. The vitamin D deficiency which is being corrected explains my balance problems. That issue is already improving. I had to be careful when I was walking today, and I turned around at the part of the path that reguired agility. The issue was I needed to scamper over large rocks or make my way on a very narrow ledge with a sudden drop. Let me say I didn't scamper or maneuver the narrow ledge. I turned around and went back to the wide paved trail. That was pleasant too and I was able to cross a bridge and go back to the other side of the creek where the off trail path didn't have such a steep drop beneath it. I'm not interested in falling at this point in my life but if I do fall I don't want very far to go before I land. It was a very pleasant morning. I guess I'll try to be productive this afternoon. That could happen.